By Micheal Mubangizi
Mukono - Friday March 2nd, 2018 — The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda and Chancellor Uganda Christian University The Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali has urged university graduates to shun materialism and be of good character if they are to succeed in the job market.
Speaking during the sixth part of the 18th graduation ceremony at Uganda Christian University on Friday March 2nd, 2018, Ntagali said, “While you may be hired for the certificates you hold and for the skills, it is your character that will secure you a place in the job market.”
He also asked graduates to be selfless in their work and aim at positively impacting the wider society, “While it is true that we work to earn a living, we must not overlook the fact that a benefit to others necessarily profits us. Let us not ambitiously pursue our selfish gain. The skills you have acquired from class must be coupled with responsibility toward God, other people and yourself. Let us work to bring benefit to other people.”
UCU School of Medicine may start in September 2018
The Archbishop also expressed hope that the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) would soon accredit the UCU School of Medicine to allow the university open her doors to medical and dentistry students.
Uganda Christian University has worked well with Mengo Hospital to move the medical school project forward. The NCHE has twice inspected UCU premises and the university has also received over 200 unsolicited applicants. However, admissions will start immediately after the accreditation of the program by NCHE. Speaking during the graduation ceremony, the UCU Vice Chancellor Rev Canon Dr John Senyonyi, said teaching of medical and dentistry may start in the Advent (September) semester.
A total of 373 students (205 (55%) male and 168 (45%) females) graduated from various disciplines. The majority of the graduates (356) were Ugandans while 17 were international students from Kenya (1), Tanzania (3), DRC Congo (4), South Sudanese (8) and Malawi (1). Six students graduated with first-class degrees.
In line with the UCU practice, graduands walked away with their transcripts on graduation day to facilitate their quicker absorption in the job market.
UCU holds seven graduation ceremonies annually at its Main Campus and regional campuses (Constituent Colleges). They comprise of three graduation ceremonies at the UCU Main Campus in Mukono, two graduation ceremonies at UCU Mbale University College (MUC, Mbale) and two graduation ceremonies at Bishop Barham University College, (BBUC, Kabale). Students at UCU Kampala Campus and UCU Arua Campus graduate from the Main Campus in Mukono.
UCU graduation dates this year
|1||16th March 2018||Bishop Barham University College (Kabale)|
|2||02nd March 2018||UCU Main Campus, Mukono|
|3||06th July 2018||UCU Main Campus, Mukono|
|4||27th July 2018||UCU Mbale University College|
|5||05th October 2018||Bishop Barham University College (Kabale)|
|6||26th October 2018||UCU Main Campus, Mukono|
|7||30th November 2018||UCU Mbale University College|